Stretching the Lakota children’s horizon

Burnt toast set off the fire alarms in Central Offices and got our attention as we were just settling in for our morning meetings. We all passed the impromptu fire drill. Several of our staff are on the volunteer fire department, and once everyone had cleared the building, they checked things out and quickly determined the threat was past, and we all went back to work. A fire could break out most anywhere on campus and it was a good reminder to be prepared.

Fr. Steve, William and Tray at a donor luncheon earlier this year.
Fr. Steve, William and Tray at a donor luncheon earlier this year.

I practiced with LaToya, one of our Lakota high school girls who will speak to donors in the Milwaukee area about her experiences at St. Joseph’s Indian School. The high school boys for the next trips in April and June were also selected, so I stopped by their home to congratulate them and answered their questions.  

The students are very excited to get to visit a different part of the country and experience something different from what they’ve know and experienced in South Dakota. One of St. Joseph’s Indian School’s mottos a few years ago was, “The World as a Classroom”. Travel and meeting new people stretches their horizons and their understanding of the world. And for me too!

PS – for schedules and more information about attending donor appreciation luncheons, please visit:

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

3 thoughts on “Stretching the Lakota children’s horizon”

  1. Greetings from Sunny Florida,

    I need a CD of American Indian Children singing the “Lord’s Prayer” similar to the Franz Schubert composition sung by Frank Sanatra in his 1994 Columbia Records Compilation Album “Christmas Songs by Sinatra”

    This sound track of the “Lord’s Prayer” will be used in our American Indian Christian Gathering, worship services as our congregation uses Native American Sign-Language to it.

    Authentic drums & Courting Flutes would be the preferred accompaniment instruments

    can you help ?

    thank you for your time & attention.

    Thom Barlow
    Spirit Thunder Drum
    Thonotosasa, FL.

    1. Greetings Thom, I have checked with the Akta Lakota Museum & Culture Center director and we currently do not have any CDs with The Lord’s Prayer.

      I bet your American Indian Christian Gathering and Worship will be breathtaking!

      Thank you for checking with us, may God bless you!

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